The American Public Power Association supports the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to allow the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to review the legal challenges to the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, or CPP, prior to its implementation, the public power organization said Feb. 10.
Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, has asked the Environmental Protection Agency to clarify whether the agency is still moving forward with its Clean Power Plan despite the stay on the plan that was issued by the Supreme Court on Feb. 9.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency told a federal appellate court in a newly filed brief that the agency's Clean Power Plan for reducing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants is constitutional and fully supported by law and previous court rulings.
The Environmental Protection Agency has recognized the Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency and its 18 member municipal utilities with a 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award, in the Energy Efficiency Program Delivery category, for their efforts to increase the adoption of energy-efficient products such as LED lightbulbs, ENERGY STAR-rated refrigerators and efficient clothes washers.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed changes and clarifications to the Clean Power Plan's optional Clean Energy Incentive Program including, among other things, a limited expansion of the types of projects that would be eligible for the CEIP. The EPA is giving the public a chance to weigh in on the proposed changes.
State utility regulators are divided over the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, but are united in their concern that the states' traditional oversight over utility resource planning should not be eroded, Travis Kavulla, president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, told a House hearing on July 6.